“1989” by Taylor Swift is at No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart for an eighth non-consecutive week, making it her third set of double weeks at the top (3 to 10 Nov 2014, 5 to 12 Jan and now 26 Jan to 2 Feb 2015).
Taylor now moves up to third on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s’ as she has racked up a total of twelve weeks at No.1 this decade, she is now ahead of the eleven weeks notched up by Eminem so far, plus on the overall list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1’, Taylor moves from equal 51st to now equal 46th alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd and Robbie Williams who’ve all also racked up twelve weeks from multiple albums atop the Australian Album charts.
Chet Faker leaps back up eleven places to No.2 with his former No.1 “Built on Glass”, spurred on by him landing three songs from the album within the Top 10 on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2014 which were counted down on Australia Day, Monday 26th of January. Ed Sheeran with “x” and Meghan Trainor’s “Title” are both back up a place each to No.3 and No.4 respectively, due to last weeks No.2 debut “Uptown Special” by Mark Ronson dropping three places to No.5 this week.
The highest new entry of the week is the ninth studio album for Marilyn Manson entitled “The Pale Emperor” which comes in at No.6, and by doing so it becomes his fifth Top 10 album in Australia, and first since 2007’s “Eat Me, Drink Me” (HP-9, June 2007), as the bands’ last two albums debuted just outside of the Top 10, 2009’s “The High End of Low” (HP-12) and 2012’s “Born Villain” (HP-16). The Hilltop Hoods are back up a place to No.7 with their “Walking Under Stars” set, whilst dropping two places each are Sam Smith with “In the Lonely Hour” and the self-titled album for Hozier to No.8 and No.9 respectively, with the other high-end debut from last week, Fall Out Boy with “American Beauty/American Psycho” now down seven places to No.10 this week.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Many J100 entrants also see their albums leap this week too, first The Preatures are back up seventeen places to No.18 with “Blue Planet Eyes” (highest JJJ placing #29), then Vance Joy are back up six to No.20 with “Dream Your Life Away” (highest J was #13). Bjork and “Vulnicura” debuted at No.28 last week with only a couple of days sales under its belt, now it’s up a couple of places to a new peak of No.26, and after returning at No.32 last week, Nirvana and “Nevermind” are back up five to No.27, whilst Alt-J jump twelve to No.28 with “This is All Yours” (J#14), whilst placing three songs within the Triple J 100 were The Amity Affliction, who leap back up twenty-nine spots to No.33 with “Let the Ocean Take Me” (J#22). “The Best of – All for You” by Cold Chisel jumps up forty-eight places to No.35, and current tourists and Tamworth Golden Guitar Award winners O’Shea jump up sixteen places to a new peak of No.36 with “The Famine and the Feast”. Returning to the Top 100 at No.40 is INXS with “Kick” (possibly helped by the many AACTA Award nominations for the ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ tele-movie) and back up nine to No.48 are J100#4 placed act Milky Chance and their album “Sadnecessary”.
DOWN DOWN: Sia only drops a single place to No.11 with “1000 Forms of Fear” this week (J#9) and the second Top 10 dropout is the “Frozen” Soundtrack, down three to No.12. One Direction fall eight spots to No.23 with “Four”, which is now 2x ▲Platinum in sales, Human Nature fall eight too to No.31 with “Jukebox” and Calvin Harris is down thirteen to No.34 with “Motion”. AC/DC falls nineteen places to No.37 with “Rock or Bust” and Guy Sebastian drops nine to No.38 with his “Madness” set. “The Pinkprint” for Nicki Minaj is down twelve to No.42, Paul Kelly’s “Merri Soul Sessions” drops eleven to No.45, Pink Floyd and “The Endless River” is down ten to No.46, the soundtrack for “Into the Woods” drops twenty-five to No.47, Katy Perry’s “Prism” is down ten to No.49 (and now 5x ▲Platinum in sales), whilst Barbra Streisand drops twelve to No.50. Leaving from last weeks Top 50 are Ariana Grande (44 to 60), The Decemberists (27 to 62), The 1975 (33 to 65), Above & Beyond (11 to 73), LiveSOS for 5SOS (43 to 74), Melinda & Beccy (47 to 89) and leaving the hundred from last weeks fifty are Enter Shikari (#19) and Storm the Sky (#45).
The second highest entry of the week is from the church group Bethel Music, who debut at No.14 with their second entry entitled “We Will Not Be Shaken (Live)”, which surpasses the No.34 peak of “You Make Me Brave” from May 2014. And right behind at No.15 is Pond with their sixth studio album and third ARIA Albums chart entry entitled “Man it Feels Like Space Again”. It also becomes the bands highest charting album here too, as they have previously charted with “Beard, Wives, Denim” (HP-64, March 2012) and “Hobo Rocket” (HP-37, August 2013).
US progressive metal band Periphery see two albums enter this week, firstly “Juggernaut: Alpha” at No.22, and the second part to the album comes in at No.25, “Juggernaut: Omega”, which becomes their third and fourth entry to the ARIA Albums chart, and in the process their highest charting entries, as they have previously charted with “”This Time it’s Personal” (HP-46, July 2012) and the EP “Clear” (HP-37, February 2014).
The eighth studio album for Papa Roach enters at No.29 entitled “F.E.A.R.”, and it becomes the bands sixth entry here, and by debuting so high it becomes their second highest charting album, as their 2002 set “LoveHateTragedy” debuted and peaked at No.19. Leo Sayer makes his return to the ARIA Albums charts for the first time in almost seven years, as he debuts at No.39 with “The Restless Years”, which becomes his thirteenth studio album to chart in Australia, and his first Top 40 placing since January 1984 when he climbed to No.20 with the album “Have You Ever Been in Love”. And the final entry to the fifty is the debut album for Dutch DJ Hardwell entitled “We Are United”, which is new at No.41.
Lower 50: Angus & Julia Stone achieve Gold (●) in sales this week as they drop down four places to No.52, and Paul Kelly is back up thirteen places to No.54 with his collection “Songs from the South Volumes 1 & 2”. Chet Faker not only leaps with his debut studio album, but he is back up twenty-seven places to No.57 with the EP “Thinking in Textures”, whilst his “iTunes Session” returns at No.61. Also returning this week is Asgeir with his album “In the Silence” (J#10), “Greatest Hits” for Australian Crawl (#66), Air Supply (#80), Crowded House (#93), and The Angels (#96), with Maroon 5 returning with their previous album “Overexposed” (#68), Kingswood and “Microscopic Wars” (#90, J#56), Hilltop Hoods and “The Hard Road” (#95), newly Top 10 crowned Robin Schulz and his debut set “Prayer” (#98), The Kite String Tangle and their EP “Vessel” (#99, J#15) and Sticky Fingers are back in #100 with “Land of Pleasure” (J#20).
The debut album for Welsh indie rock band Catfish & the Bottlemen reached the Top 10 in the UK last September, and this week it’s new at No.51, entitled “The Balcony”; and also making their first chart entry, but with their eighth studio album is US indie-grrrl trio Sleater-Kinney with “No Cities to Love”, which enters at No.63 this week.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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